Dickson set up the organisation on Tuesday and urged them to use their wealth of experience and work for his victory in the December 5 governorship election. Commissioning the campaign office at Yenizue-Gene in Yenagoa, the governor assured the team of his support and advised them to act as the campaign directors in their different localities.
He said members of the team were carefully selected based on their pedigree and after consultation with leaders and elders of the party.
He described them as political juggernauts and tested tacticians in their own right.
Emphasizing the task ahead, Dickson stressed that the government is not playing with the campaign, as it is about the integrity and dignity of the state. He said: “The government will stand with you, be with you as you use your wealth of experience to bear on the job of restoration because your families have donated you to the course of restoration.
“You were carefully selected after consultation with leaders and elders of the party. The state is not playing about the campaign, as it is about the integrity and dignity of the state and the Ijaw nation.”
In his remarks, the former Governor of the state, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, harped on the need for the newly inaugurated members to be united, dogged, determined and courageous.
He insisted that none of the political parties have any agenda for the Ijaw nation, adding that the team is formidable with experienced people to win the forthcoming political battle.
In his acceptance speech, Agbedi promised that members of the team will not disappoint in the discharge of their duties.
Meanwhile, former governor of the State Timipre Sylva and a former Nigerian envoy to Japan, Ambassador Emmanuel Otiotio have also submitted their expression of interest and nomination forms for the forthcoming All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries.
Twelve other aspirants on APC platform have also submitted their forms and paid the fee of N6.5m each at the party’s National Secretariat. to participate in the APC primaries election to select its candidate for the December 5 governorship election.
Other aspirants are a former Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission, Chief Timi Alaibe; ex-Chief of Staff, Bayelsa Government House, Chief Dikivie Ikiogha, and former two-time member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Warman Ogoriba.
Others are former senatorial aspirant, Preye Aganaba; Ambassador Felix Oboro, Powell Godknows, Kpolovie Obhoo, Christopher Enai, Romeo Bekeyai, Tonye Apirila, Ebitimi Amgbare and Fred Ekiegha.
After submitting his forms, Sylva told journalists that he is in the primaries to salvage the state and complete the good work he started but he was not allowed to complete before he was forced out by a combination of forces from within and outside the state.
He accused the incumbent governor of the state, Seriake Dickson, of abandoning most of the projects he executed when he was the governor.
Sylva said, “As of 2012, we were poised to celebrate in 2013 one year of uninterrupted power supply in Yenogoa city. I had installed turbines and there was a turbine that was 93 percent complete when I was ousted. The outgoing government refused to inaugurate it because they did not want me to take the credit for it.
“I built a hospital that would have been one of the best in Nigeria and was to be inaugurated in May 2012. The outgoing government has refused to go near that hospital since I was ousted.
“There are a lot of projects that I embarked upon which were deliberately abandoned on the altar of politics. We were to inaugurate the Bayelsa State Library, but today, that project has been overgrown by weeds because somebody wants to mislead Nigerians.” He expressed sadness kidnapping which was a thing of the past during his rule has staged a comeback under the watch of the current administration. On his part, Otiotio said his decision to join the race was taken because he was prepared for the job and that the people of the state deserve a leader like him who will bring to bear integrity in running the affairs of the state.
He explained that among his credentials is the fact that he is a born again Christian who is prepared to govern the state with the fear of God.
Otiotio dismissed insinuations that he was acting out a script of one of the aspirants who allegedly paid for his nomination forms.
According to him, it is uncharitable for anyone to suggest that he is being sponsored by another aspirant.